Gene A. Barker, Retired Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman of the United States Navy, and a Galloway, Ohio resident, died on September 10, 2021. Gene was born in Holloway, Ohio on April 21, 1927. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Alice, siblings Harold Jr., Donald, Patricia, Barbara, Sandra, Richard, Vernon, Beverly, Karen, and daughter Debra. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Margene Barker, children, Chris Adams, Scott (Tammi) Schneider, Bob (Kristina) Barker, Cyn (Larry) Kindig, Karen (Paul) Miera, Susan Apodaca, Beth Stone, Robin (Pete) Porter, sister June Curtis, sister-in-law Jane Barker, sister and brother-in-law Jane and Gary Brewer, 27 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildren, and many, many nieces and nephews.
Gene graduated from High School in Holloway and immediately enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He went on to proudly serve the country he loved for nearly 30 years and was also a Veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After serving a year in Vietnam he was awarded a Bronze Star. He was also honored with a softball field in his name, “Barker Park,” located at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in Oceanside, California. He was a lifelong member of the VFW and the American Legion and was a dedicated contributor to a number of charities including The National Children’s Cancer Society and St. Jude’s.
Gene was an avid sports fan, having played and excelled in his younger days. He also enjoyed gardening and a good cigar on the porch. He was a loving brother, husband, dad, grandpa, papa, and uncle and will be greatly missed by many. Everyone that knew him understood the importance of his family and the love he had for them.
Graveside Services will be held at Rockhill Cemetery in Flushing, Ohio on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 1:00 PM for family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Ohio Health Hospice.
Please visit www.tiddfuneralservice.com to share your favorite memories and to send condolences to the Barker Family. The Tidd Family Funeral Home, 5265 Norwich St., Hilliard, OH 43026 (614)-876-1722, assisted the family.